Clinton leads in 2016 race; GOP wide open

Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonStrange bedfellows: the press and the political parties, tied together since birth Convention shows Dems are unified, to dismay of Trump and media Clinton open to ‘conversation’ on carbon tax MORE leads the other potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidates by a six-to-one margin, while the Republican race is wide open, a new poll suggests.

Clinton received 73 percent of support for a presidential bid among Democrats and independents leaning that way, according to a Washington Post-ABC News poll released Thursday. 

Vice President Biden came in second place with 12 percent support and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenConvention shows Dems are unified, to dismay of Trump and media GOP hits Democrats for not mentioning ISIS on convention's first day Donna Brazile: 'Bernie came through' MORE (D-Mass) came in third with 8 percent.

The pollsters say Clinton’s lead is the largest recorded in 30 years of Washington Post-ABC News polling. 

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In a hypothetical match-up in the 2016 general election, Clinton leads New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), 53 percent to 41 percent. In 2012, the Post notes, President Obama defeated Mitt Romney 51 percent to 47 percent in the popular vote. In 2008, Obama beat Sen. John McCainJohn McCainTim Kaine backs call to boost funding for Israeli missile defense Booker: 'I love you, Donald Trump' Syria activists cheer Kaine pick MORE (Ariz.) 53 percent to 46 percent.

No one in the GOP field received as much support as Clinton in the poll. Six Republican candidates, in fact, received between 10 percent and 20 percent. 

Rep. Paul RyanPaul RyanTrump, Clinton intelligence briefings likely to start next week Clinton maps out first 100 days Why a bill about catfish will show whether Ryan's serious about regulatory reform MORE (R-Wis.) leads the pack with 20 percent support, with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) in second with 18 percent. Christie came in third place with only 13 percent among Republicans and independents leaning in that direction.

Forty-three percent of Republicans view Christie favorably, compared to 33 percent who view him unfavorably, the poll indicates.

Three Republican senators who may also run received the least amount of support in the poll. Ted CruzTed CruzCastro looking at Cruz challenge Convention shows Dems are unified, to dismay of Trump and media Tim Kaine backs call to boost funding for Israeli missile defense MORE (Texas) received 12 percent, Rand PaulRand PaulWhat to watch for on Day 2 at the GOP convention Cyber squatters sitting on valuable VP web addresses Majority of GOP senators to attend Trump convention MORE (Ky.) had 11 percent and Marco RubioMarco RubioTim Kaine backs call to boost funding for Israeli missile defense Report: Abuse allegations against Florida Dem stretch back decades Clinton brings in the heavy hitters MORE (Fla.) received 10 percent.

Four percent of voters leaning Republican said they wouldn’t vote for any of the above candidates. The poll indicated 9 percent of them had no opinion of the GOP field. 

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